During the early days, weeks and months I baby-wore our little one a lot. After my wife had spent most of the night feeding our son, I’d then take the reins in the morning to give her some time to catch up on sleep. Initially it was out of convenience as I was able to get things done around the house, but the more I read about baby-wearing the more I saw the clear benefits.
Like all babies, Luca wanted to be held close at all times. This can be a tough adjustment for parents, it can be daunting having a human demanding your closeness all of the time, is this normal? Will I ever be free again? To answer both of those, yes and yes.
So my wife and I made a conscious decision to avoid all the nap battles, crys in the crib, etc… and just kept him close. This meant lots of baby-wearing and 13 months of being held during naps be either one of us. Extreme? Not really! Those times are so short lived so we wanted to savour as much as we could.
So what are the benefits of baby-wearing? Apart from the obvious in that it gives you two free hands whilst your baby is close, you have the cognitive side of things. When babies spend less time crying, they spend more time learning and interacting with their environment. Being worn enables them to see what you see, hear what you hear, and generally get involved in your day to day from an early age. All of this can enhance learning, cognitive development and overall wellbeing. It’s a great way to bond, you can talk and engage with baby, snuggle, plus all of the nap times, etc…
Studies have also been done around the development of muscle groups, the impact of postpartum depression, prevention of flat head syndrome, I won’t dive into those here but feel free to Google them for more information.
So all in all, despite what Piers Morgan says, BABY-WEAR, it’s FUN!